Set off on your own adventure to the places that inspired the on-screen settings in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Recently, I went on a rant about the way the term "young adult" is more and more being used to describe books that are for children. Well, I think there is something of that same sensibility going on with the new Hobbit movie trilogy.
The more you love The Hobbit the more you'll hate this sorry commercialized excuse for an adaptation. Peter Jackson may look a bit like a Hobbit but don't let that fool you. He's Hollywood all the way.
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While Middle Earth may be a fictional combo of legend and lore, the actual setting for the "Lord of the Rings" and the "Hobbit" movies couldn't be more real.
It becomes utterly disturbing when racial equality isn't even allowed to enter our fantasy films, which represent the furthest reaches of our dreamiest dreams.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is just as immersive and engaging as its predecessors (successors?), successfully transporting us back to that world as if no time has passed at all.
The muzak was playing "Tis the season to be jolly" when I walked into the supermarket on Friday December 14.
Film is a visual and aural medium, so it's only natural for filmmakers to strive to create a grand spectacle for the eyes and ears, but it takes a grand spectacle of emotion and story to create a true sense of wonder. That's where the magic of film lies.
It was mezmerizing to walk through the huge workshops where characters and props were being assembled and where those from the first two films of the trilogy were being stored. The tools and costumes of middle earth were coming alive right there!
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. What is there to say about the behemoth of the modern cinematic age, with its awards, its ridiculously long running times and its enormous footprint in the sand of the modern movie epic?
At the conclusion of The Fellowship of the Ring, I was completely on board for the next two pictures, completely invested in the world that had unfolded over the previous 170 minutes. This time around? I'm not entirely sure whether I'll stick it out for the next two films.
The journey will be long, the challenges daunting, the popcorn very likely stale. But that doesn't matter now -- the grand epic that is the three-part, film adaptation of The Hobbit is upon us with the release of the first installment: An Unexpected Journey.
After seeing An Unexpected Journey in the 48-frames-per-second format Jackson is convinced is the future of cinema, my enthusiasm for more Hobbit adventures is at an all-time low.
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As excitement builds for the opening of Peter Jackson's new film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," it just may be that DuPage County, Ill., and the city of Wheaton in particular, will briefly become the center of the universe, or at least the sleepy capital of Middle Earth.